American Honda Motors are recalling 126,000 touring motorcycles because of a braking problem that could potentially lead to a crash or a fire. This is according to a report filed by the manufacturer with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The model affected is the Honda GL1800 and the recall covered the 2001-2010 and 2012 GL1800 models, marketed as the Gold Wing. Honda said that the bikes rear brake may still be partially applied even after a rider releases it. “Continued riding with the rear brake engaged/dragging may generate enough heat to cause the rear brake to catch fire” Honda said. It attributed the problem to the braking systems secondary master cylinder.
Honda told the N.H.T.S.A. that it was alerted to a possible problem in July 2010 when a customer finished a ride, parked his motorcycle and a few minutes later “heard a small explosion, saw a fire emulating from the rear brake area and used a fire extinguisher to put out the flames”.
Honda said that it took 16 months to determine the problem and the appropriate course of action. The manufacturer has been aware of 26 complaints of rear brake dragging including two fires but the reports have not mentioned any accidents to date.
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